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MSc Mathematics (full-time and part-time, with options in Statistics)

Students by the Maths BuildingThe School of Mathematical Sciences offers an MSc in Mathematics to students who have already done very well in a first degree with high mathematical content. The MSc programme, which starts in late September, is offered full-time over one year or part-time over two.

Advanced mathematics is intrinsically beautiful yet also underlies many aspects of everyday life. Consequently, both the breadth of current research and its power in applications are reflected in this programme. Modules are offered in pure mathematics (especially algebra and combinatorics), applied mathematics (especially dynamical systems and networks, and including astronomy and relativity if desired), and probability and statistics. This results in a flexible MSc which opens doors to further research or top careers requiring mathematical ability. Our alumni have gone on to roles spanning statistical analysis, technology consulting, auditing, software engineering, teaching and more, working across the public and private sectors.

The programme consists of eight taught modules (of which seven can be chosen according to your own areas of interest) and a dissertation. We offer a broad range of dissertation topics giving you the possibility to interact with our world-leading research groups and even develop your own original contribution – excellent preparation for those interested in pursuing a PhD in mathematics or statistics. Examples of past projects include: classical groups and simplicity; deterministic chaos; the Rendezvous Search Problem; and proof of the Sylow Theorem.

Why study with us?

  • You will be taught by helpful, enthusiastic academic staff who are world-experts in their fields.
  • The programme is flexible and allows you to choose modules in different areas or specialise in one.
  • As well as access to the extensive Queen Mary Library resources, MSc Mathematics students enjoy a spacious recently refurbished shared office and a dedicated computer network with state-of-the-art software and printing facilities.
  • We expect to be able to offer on-campus accommodation to all new full-time postgraduate students coming from outside the London area.

For more detailed information about the MSc Mathematics programme, please see our information for current MSc Maths students. For admissions information for this programme, please see the menu on the left.

Programme director

Dr Rosemary HarrisThis MSc programme is directed by Dr Rosemary Harris, Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics. Rosemary has a D.Phil. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Oxford and her current research interests are focused on stochastic non-equilibrium processes including:

  • interacting particle systems, large deviations, fluctuation relations;
  • applications, e.g., traffic, econophysics, biological modelling.

She enjoys travelling, hillwalking and trying to play squash.

Student profile

Georgina Eaton (MSc Mathematics graduate):

Georgina Eaton by the Maths BuildingI decided to continue studying at Queen Mary as it is a leader in the research and teaching fields; attracting many leading academics to its staff. I found the quality of the teaching in my degree to be excellent so continuing my studies at Queen Mary was an obvious choice for me. Also, Queen Mary offered a bursary which contributed towards the tuition fees which attracted me to continue my studies here.